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South Africa passes secrets bill, media furious

South Africa's parliament passed a bill on protecting state secrets on Tuesday despite criticism at home and abroad that it harks back to apartheid legislation and makes it easier for corrupt officials to conceal graft.

Ted Forstmann, Private Equity Pioneer and Philanthropist, Dies at 71

Wall Street legend Ted Forstmann, who died of brain cancer on Nov. 20, helped launch the private equity industry. The colorful financier was as known for his Republican leanings, charity work, and relationships with Princess Diana, Elizabeth Hurley and Padma Lakshmi as for his late-in-life warnings about Wall Street excesses.

S.Africa's ANC suspends Malema for five years

South Africa's ruling ANC kicked out its firebrand Youth League leader, Julius Malema, from the party for five years on Thursday after finding him guilty of dividing and bringing the 99-year-old liberation movement into disrepute.

South Africa's ANC suspends Malema for five years

South Africa's ruling ANC kicked out its firebrand Youth League leader, Julius Malema, from the party for five years on Thursday after finding him guilty of dividing and bringing the 99-year-old liberation movement into disrepute.

S.Africa's Tutu fetes 80th birthday amid controversy

South African peace icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu celebrated his 80th birthday on Friday in the church where he preached against apartheid, just a few days after saying the former liberation movement now in government was in some ways even worse.

Dalai Lama cancels highly charged S.Africa trip

The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, cancelled a trip to South Africa planned for this week that had put Pretoria in a bind between its biggest trading partner China and one of its modern heroes, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu.

Developing Nations Also Eye Space as China Launches First Space Lab

China has embarked on a plan to launch a new space lab on Thursday beginning with the lift off of its 8.5-ton Tiangong-1 space module. Developing nations across the world are launching space and science research that could put them on the path to charting their own future.

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Former MI5 Chief Justifies Dialogue with Gadhafi

Terming the dialogue initiated by the British government with Colonel Gaddafi in 2003 as right decision, the former MI5 chief Lady Eliza Manningham-Buller today acknowledged that though it was difficult, but the decision to engage in dialogue with Gaddafi in 2003 was right.
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Julius Malema: South Africa's Malcolm X

South African politician Julius Malema was found guilty of hate speech charges on Monday, but the crime will do little to stop the controversial leader's rise. Malema is one of South Africa's most polarizing figures, and he may well be the country's future.
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Child marriage a scourge for millions of girls

Child marriage, which steals the innocence of millions of girls worldwide and often condemns them to lives of poverty, ignorance and poor health, is one of the biggest obstacles to development, rights groups say.
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